“The question of feminist struggles will be more important than ever” – Liberation


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This philosopher and professor at the University of Paris VIII believes that politicians must redouble their vigilance towards women, impoverished by the Covid-19 crisis.

Its commitment relates to the issue of women. According to her, “There have been a lot of warnings lately about the fact that the pandemic has increased unemployment and precariousness. It is women who are paying the high price for the pandemic when they are on the front line in many professions, as caregivers, cashiers …“The commitment in the years to come, for this philosopher, will focus on political vigilance concerning the place of women in society, because their poverty will increase. “The issue of feminist struggles will be more important than ever. You have to be engaged in this area, there is a desire for change in many societies since the wave #MeToo, and other forms of mobilization against violence against women, sexual harassment… ”

First file to be dealt with: the question of invisible, unrecognized and unpaid domestic activities. According to Fabienne Brugère, public policies should give themselves the means to relieve women of this type of task, set up decent wages, and take into account the productive dimension of these activities. “They must be completed in terms of gender correction. Trades typically occupied by men should be occupied by women: airplane pilots, managers of large companies or in the senior civil service. We must feminize these professions. So-called “feminine” jobs, such as nurses, social and childminders, housekeepers, should also be made masculine. They should be opened up to men, made attractive to men, cultural representations of these professions changed ”, explains the philosopher.

Changing representations

Other areas to rethink: the design of parental leave. We must reconsider the issue of care for very young children, extend paternal leave, develop the idea of ​​equality of parents in the distribution of this leave. An idea that should find an echo. “It takes time to change representations, an education that deconstructs gender stereotypes. But there is among the youngest the idea of ​​living differently, of being less locked in shackles, these cages of identity and representation typically male or female. It always struck me how many young men came to see me and say “we would love to have more time to take care of our children”. ”

“It always struck me how many young men came to see me and say ‘we would like to have more time to take care of our children'”

Fabienne Brugere

And she continues her momentum: “When we look at history, the way we reconstruct it, we see that it is dominated by the male gaze. You have to look at the micro-stories, and it’s more complicated. An 18th century woman from the upper middle class does not take care of her children. This reveals a place of women which does not correspond to the assignments. In the working class in the 19th century, working women were not necessarily assigned to care duties. The pandemic shows us that we are at a time of change, but more and more, people want to live differently, in the context of their work relationship but also in their romantic relationships, in their environment. There is the search for new relationships with oneself, with the world, with others… Alternative lifestyles ”.

The philosopher finally considers feminist engagement within the framework of these alternative lifestyles, which more and more individuals are trying to embody. She also thinks of a critique of capitalism, of neoliberal policies that continue to work while “People would need something else”. “When a woman can extricate herself from exploitation through care, another woman replaces her … What would be best is that men or women have the possibility of choosing.” And finally put an end to sexual and gender identities.

(1) Last published works: We are not born a woman, we become it (Stock), The end of hospitality, with Guillaume le Blanc, (Flammarion, 2017) Care ethics (What do I know).

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